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Feb 05

Skeptical scientist CENSURED by government university for questioning the integrity of scientific institutions

The world’s government-funded colleges and universities produce and promote a steady stream of pro-government propaganda masquerading as “science” or “the humanities.”

Last August Professor Peter Ridd said the unsayable — that we can no longer trust scientific institutions.

“The basic problem is that we can no longer trust the scientific organisations like the Australian Institute of Marine Science, even things like the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies – a lot of this is stuff is coming out, the science is coming out not properly checked, tested or replicated and this is a great shame because we really need to be able to trust our scientific institutions and the fact is I do not think we can any more.”

His employer, James Cook University, the largest government university in Queensland, Australia has now CENSURED him and ordered him to be silent, effectively to stop him criticizing the current state of science or scientific institutions.

University officials accused Ridd of not acting in a “collegial” manner.

The University also ordered Ridd not to publicly mention he has been censured!

Ironically, Ridd had submitted a paper on exactly this topic, which was published a few months later in November in the Marine Pollution Bulletin. It’s a peer reviewed paper on the problems with peer review (among other things).

See here.